April 18, 2014
WACO, Texas - Baylor's top-25 track and field squads will welcome a strong contingent of teams to Waco for the 2014 Michael Johnson Dr Pepper Classic on Saturday at the Hart-Patterson Track and Field Complex.
It will be the final collegiate meet at the venue, before Baylor's moves to the new, on-campus $18.1 million Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium next season.
"I am so excited about going to campus," head coach Todd Harbour said. "This is not just where we compete, but it is where we train every day, so to have the advantage of being on campus for our student-athletes outweighs the emotions I have of leaving this place. I am excited about hosting this meet. The activities that we have with our alumni coming back and our seniors being recognized should make for a special day. We are hoping to have a great turnout."
Field events will kick off the day at 9:30 a.m. with the javelin on the infield of the track and the hammer throw event at the throwing fields a half-block northeast of the track. The afternoon section of running events will begin at 1 p.m. and the evening section will start at 5 p.m.
A ceremony to recognize the 22-member senior class will take place before the evening section at 4:30 p.m. Following the senior recognition ceremony, former members of the track and field team are asked to come down on to the track to take one "Last Lap" around the famed venue. Each decade of the track's existence (1962-2014) will be represented.
General admission tickets to the event are $5 and are available for purchase at the gate.
Besides current athletes on Baylor's 13th-ranked men's team and 19th-ranked women's squad, a multitude of former Bears will also be in action. All-Americans Justin Allen, Marcus Boyd, Zwede Hewitt and Jeremy Wariner will all compete in the evening session of the 400-meters, which is scheduled to run at 6:10 p.m. Former sprinters Mark'Quis Frazier and Woodrow Randall will also be taking part in the meet on Saturday. Former All-America thrower Skylar White will be in the discus competition and 2013 Big 12 Champion Christina Holland will run the 400 hurdles. Other alums in the meet include Brittany OgunMoken (400 hurdles) and Lakadron Ivery (long jump and 200 meters).
Other teams scheduled to be in attendance include Angelo State, George Mason, SMU (women), TCU, Texas, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Tulsa and UT Arlington.
Several other featured athletes will be competing unattached at the meet including former Texas All-American Kendra Chambers (800 meters), the 2004 NCAA 200-meter outdoor champion from Arkansas Lashaunte'a Moore (100 meters), the 2009 NCAA 200-meter outdoor champion from Texas A&M Porscha Lucas (100 and 200 meters), former Texas All-American Chalonda Goodman (100 and 200 meters), D-III All-American from Illinois College Melissa Norville (110-hurdles, LJ and TJ), former Texas All-American and now Nike athlete Trey Hardee (110-hurdles and pole vault) and Andrew Riley (200 meters and 110-hurdles), a former Illinois All-American and now Puma athlete.
Currently, Baylor has 11 performances that rank inside the top-20 in the NCAA for 2014.
On the men's side, freshman Trayvon Bromell, who this week received votes for the 2014 Bowerman Watch List, owns the fastest 100-meter time in the country at 10.01 and the fourth-fastest 200-meter mark at 20.23. Senior Blake Heriot has the fifth-best time at the 200-meter distance in 20.45. Senior captain Henry Vildosola is 16th in the country in the decathlon competition with a top score of 7,112 points.
The men's 4x100-relay squad of Bromell, Heriot, Everett Walker and Alex Reece are the country's fourth-fastest quartet at 39.09.
For the women, Tiffani McReynolds holds the fifth-best mark in the 110-hurdle event in 12.98. Rachel Johnson leads the country in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a school-record time of 9:49.31. Waco-product Annie Rhodes is eighth in the pole vault with a leap of 14-0 [4.27m]. Meanwhile Brianna Richardson is 13th in the triple jump, after a jump of 42-3.25 [12.88m] at the Texas Relays. In the hammer throw, Erin Atkinson is 19th with a heave of 198-6 [60.50m].
In the relays, the Baylor women are 13th-best in the 4x400-meter event with a time of 3:34.85 by Alyssa Nichols, Ashley Fields, Olicia Williams and Raena Rhone.
For heat sheets, updated schedules and live results visit the meet central page on BaylorBears.com.
After Saturday, Baylor will head to Des Moines, Iowa, to take part in the Drake Relays on April 24-26.
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